Mokoena continues campaign in Europe, as ASA drama threatens athletes’ livelihoods

2013-07-10 00:00

KHOTSO Mokoena and other South African athletes are continuing their campaigns on the European circuit, as they prepare for next month’s World Athletic Championships in Russia.

Mokoena is still behind on form, finishing sixth in Paris in a rather disappointing 7,87 m long jump.

The country’s top athletes have been rocked by the suspension of Athletics South Africa (ASA) from SA Olympic body Sascoc, which, for some, has affected their monthly income and support received through the operation excellence scheme.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel, however, as the Sports minister has now met both the ASA president and Sascoc board, although the full outcome of that meeting and the way forward is yet to be known.

International athletics body IAAF will cover the costs of all the athletes who qualify for the World Championships in Russia.

Meanwhile, the World Student Games are under way in Russia this week and the SA Athletics team were eventually able to attend the event by withdrawing their membership of Sascoc and, hence, nullifying their suspension.

On Monday night, Anaso Jobod­wana won the gold medal in the 100 m in 10,10 seconds, ahead of Japan’s Ryota Yamagata and Ivory Coast’s Serge Koffi, who were timed at 10,21, taking the silver and bronze respectively.

Stephen Mokoka also earned gold in the 10 km race, while Maryke Oberholzer won bronze for her 54,09-metre throw in the discus behind Russians Vera Ganeeva (61,26) and Elena Panova (56,86).

South Africa were sitting second on the medal table in athletics on Monday night and are expected to add to that tally by the time the Games have ended tonight.

Back at home, Thobani Chagwe took the honours in last Sunday’s Waterfall SuperSpar-sponsored 10km race, covering the course in 30 minutes and nine seconds, 150 m clear of Maxed Elite’s Elmore Sibanda. Chagwe’s club-mate, Sibonela Duma, completed the ­podium.

Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir dominated the women’s race with a useful 35:07 winning time, with another foreign runner, Lea Chaka from Lesotho, taking second, leaving Cary Ann Smith as the first local athlete in third.

The action this weekend moves down to Durban where Savages host their Super Mama 10 km and half-marathon races.

The focus of these events has been put on the average runner with five lucky draw prizes of R5 000 each. There will also be a lucky draw for a pair of shoes valued at R1 200.

Runners should note that no entries will be taken on race day. Online entries are the preferred option on, but manual entries can be taken at Durban Runner and on Saturday at the clubhouse until 5 pm.

The half marathon commences at 7 am and covers two laps around the new Durban beachfront and NMR avenue. For more information, contact 078 281 6981.

Also on Sunday is the Itshelejuba half-marathon challenge, which starts from the local provincial hospital at 6.30 am.

There is an associated five-kilometre run for those who prefer a shorter distance. For more information, contact 082 548 5993.


Men: 1.Thobani Chagwe Boxer A C30:09

2.Elmore Sibanda Maxed Elite30:33

3.Sibonelo Duma Boxer A C31:14

Women: 1.Peres Jepchirchir Maxed Elite35:07

2.Lea Chaka Nedbank A C36:27

3.Cary-Ann Smith Nedbank A C37:51

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